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. if democrats didn't share america's economic urgency in my opinion we would deserve to lose more seats. however, that is not the case. when i look at the members of our caucus, i see the urgency every day. in the debate, in the eyes of our members, in their stories about their constituents every weekend. as they talk to them throughout their communities. as we look -- as we took our oaths a year ago, we knew that things weren't right in america. we saw in the lives of millions of americans out of work. and the families forced to leave their homes and the elderly down in the security of their retirement after lives of hard work. we saw it when small businesses laying off workers in the face of falling sales and rising healthcare costs and we knew things were not right when our middle class were running just to standstill for a decade and we knew something wasn't right in a political culture that thrived too long on easy choices. on the philosophy of deficits don't matter. publicly or personally, entitlements, wars and tax cuts for the privileged all paid for with borrowed cash. to be paid back b
to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, january 21, 2010. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable kirsten gillibrand, a senator from the state of new york, to perform te duties of the chair. signed: robert c. byrd, presidet pro tempore. mr. mcconnell: madam president? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: i want to thank the majority leader for giving me the chance to make my very brief opening remarks as i must leave the building shortly. i thank him. mr. president, the senate's newest member is coming down from massachusetts today and we'll have a chance to welcome senator-elect brown to the capitol. obviously, we're delighted to have him. senator-elect brown has captured the attention of the entire country, but he has captured the attention of massachusetts voters
teacher america folks participate in teacher u. i'd like to just talk a little bit about how we approach this work. we have a textbook that we've developed that we use with our core members called teaching as leadership. we're releasing a version actually this month or early this month that we're hoping to sort of share that knowledge that we've accumulated by looking at our exceptional teachers more broadly and really just enter into a conversation with people in this sector about what we can do to better prepare and support teachers in general. and one of the things that we focus on that we found in our high performers is their ability to invest students in their work. and, you know, chubb says in his paper students begin lessons unmotivated, they will simply not make the hard effort necessary to learn. agreed. i mean, i couldn't agree more. but i'm not sure that technology will motivate students. i mean, and i'm not sure how you get students to engage in the technology if they have this past of not being successful and don't feel like they want to engage in the work and doubt their ow
in america. the people of massachusetts spoke and spoke loudly. one concern i know a imin of you had about the outcome of this election would be whether the new senator would be seated. i'm convinced now that no gamesmanship will be played by the other side with regard to future votes in the senate. senator jim webb, made it clear he will not participate in any additional health care votes prior to senator brown being sworn in. and i noticed that elected officials in massachusetts who were principally responsible for certifying election after earlier saying take up to two weeks, indicated it could be as soon today. i don't believe the kind of thing we've seen on full diswith the corn husbander kick back, the louis purchase, the gator aide, drafting the bill behind closed doors, i think majority has got the message and no more gamesmanship here. no more lack of transparency. let's honor the wishes of the people of massachusetts and move forward with policy. with our policy debates. with that, let me call on our, outstanding chairman of the national republican senatorial committee who played
the corner. but we need to create more jobs here in america. we know that. we know that one out of 10 americans who want to work cannot find jobs. and our first responsibility must be to help create more jobs so that our economy can rebound and grow. to do that, we need to invest in small businesses. i was pleased to hear the president of the united states last night talk about the importance of small business in our recovery and as we develop our policy need to focus on helping small businesses grow. on american recovery and reinvestment act, we took action, increased the loan limits under the small business administration. we were able to -- to make it less expensive for businesses to borrow from the small business administration much these were good steps that we took. i was proud of an amendment that i offered to increase the surety bond limits so that small companies could get work in this economy. i was proud of the amendment to increase the s.b.a.'s budget so they could have the capacity to help small companies with technical assistance in order to get government jobs. all of t
of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, january 20, 2010. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable tom udall, a senator from the state of new mexico, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: robert c. byrd, presidet pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader is recognized. mr. reid: following leader remarks, the senate will proceed to a period of morning business for one hour with senators allowed to speak for up to ten minutes each. the time will be equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees. following that morning business, the senate will proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of beverly baldwin martin of georgia to be a united states circuit judge for the 11th circuit. debate on the nomination is limited to one hour, equally
, at a time when lending is already very tight. america's job creators also see a renewed push by union leaders to pass card check, and many other measures to control the workplace. they see a trial bar working with their allies in congress, and with many state attorneys general, to expand opportunities for new litigation. they see the rise of trade isolationism at home, and abroad, that could threaten their export markets, and now renewed fears about terrorism. and our job creators see the federal government planning to expand the national debt by at least $9 trillion over the next decade. more debt than has been piled up in all the previous years since george washington. they see many states going broke as well. what will the impact be on their companies, and their employees? these are the uncertainties that job creators are wrestling with. uncertainties that call into question how quick or strong our economic recovery will be. and no one is paying is higher price than the american worker. over 7 million americans have lost their job since the recession began. 10% of the work force is
, the department of america, would be lead leading the way and changing the world for the better. under his guidance, and very gentle prodding we're doing just that. it is an inspiration for me to walk in here every day and work with all of you on the issues that are so important to all americans, and it is an inspiration and honor every day to work for secretary salazar and serve the president. thank you, mr. secretary, for the opportunity to be here with you. [applause] >> thank you, laura. thank you, laura. you know, we've had a great 2009, and we're fired up and we're ready to go for 2010. i'm fired up. are you? come on !. [applause] our work truly has just begun, but i want to say just at the outset it would not have all been possible to do the great things that we did in 2009 had it not been for the 70,000 men and women who make up the department of the interior. many of you know that last week there was some scuttlebutt in the media i would leave to go be governor of the state of colorado or run for that position. i said no, because i wanted to be right here with you because this is
bernanke and the chairman of the federal reserve, i think we'd be looking at a very different america today. now he was not my choice to become the chairman of the federal reserve. the previous administration nominated ben bernanke. i voted for him. and then when i became chairman of the banking committee in january of 2007, for the first time, i went through a very frustrating year on that committee. on february 7 of 2007, i had my first hearings on the issue of the mortgage crisis in the country. and we had 12 such hearings on that committee over the remaining months. almost one every month on this issue. yet, i could not get the chairman of the federal reserve to pay as much attention as i thought he should have. beginning in the latter part of 2007, and going forward, his leadership in my view was absolutely critical to avoiding the kind of problems this country faced. so, mr. president, i'll speak for a few more minutes later in this tee baivment but i think we would make a great error, indeed, if we were to reject this nomination. we'd not terminate this filibuster, vote up and down o
the pledge of allegiance to the flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, january 22, 2010. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable jeff merkley, a senator from the state of oregon, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: robert c. byrd, presidet pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: following any leader remarks, the senate will resume consideration of senate h. j. res. 45 which is to increase the limit of the public debt. there will be no roll call votes during today's session of the senate. the presid officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. under the previous order, the senate will resume consideration of h. j. res. 45,hi report. the clerk: h. j. res. 45, joint resolution in
with great reeling -- regularities. why bother attacks america when we can bleed americans overseas and cause president obama to send 30,000 more troops which is enormous expensive effort. >> host: democrat caller. >> caller: good morning of i thank you for what you said about israel. this would be the question of -- my question. why is it that the united states does not want to talk about israel? or the people or our politicians do not want to talk about israel in the forefront? and my comments are this. when the country was very young, you mention also about the oil. and other callers have mentioned oil. the -- our country almost was built on oil and gold. and appalachians and other areas. what happened? and why can it not be resurrected now? >> guest: well, the easiest root to buy it from the arabs and other things at home. i think we need to be more careful on israel. israel in my mind at least has every right to do what it needs to do to defend itself and preserve itself. nately, including that. however, we have no interest in the israelis and palestinians. that is a religious
. but this is a case of a challenge of the middle holding. that's been the great strength of america. our ability to take on tough challenges and meet them. whether it was world war i or world war ii, th the great depression, all of the challenges that this country has faced. over and over america has proven that it's up to the challenge. i believe we're up to this challenge as well. and i believe people working together can come up with solutions that would be credible not only to markets in this country, but markets around the world that are beginning to wonder: does america have the ability to face up to the debt threat that overhangs the future economic strength of the country? mr. president, i appreciate this time. i thank the chairman for allowing this time and i know that senator gregg will be coming to the floor in about an hour for his presentation on the same subject. i thank the chair and yield the floor. senator from montana. mr. baucus: mr. president, the senator from north dakota makes a very compelling case for fiscal discipline. he's been making this case for a good number of year
. and now we have a great opportunity to have her become america's doctor and focused the attention around the country. and you know, as she said, we used to have a whole set of rules which were just given out to people, eat so many vegetables day, get your kids from behind the computer, go to the gym. but often that fell on deaf ears, and while those are very important things to do, if we are really serious about turning the corner on this issue, we need everyone to be involved. we need to make this a national crisis, and a nice a untracked national issue because it has a huge national impact that the president pointed out last night so allegorically that health care costs for average families are continuing to skyrocket making it very hard for families to pay the bills, and the ability of small businesses to keep affordable health care is getting more and more difficult, and that often impacts their ability to keep good employees, and expanded businesses. the unhealthier we are as a nation, the more our health care costs will continue to rise. and the less competitive we will be globally
-- "the fact that we are here today to debate raising america's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. it is a sign that the u.s. government can't pay its own bills." don't take it from me. take it from the president of the united states. we've got to do more. i'm disappointed that gregg-conrad faismed it wasn't -- failed. it wasn't perfect. but it was something. i hope that senator coburn's amend -- i'm skeptical. the american people get it. the american people understand that this is a problem. that's why we have these big swings in these elections. the same passion that propelled president obama into office is the same that propelled the senator from massachusetts into office from two opposite parties. because the american people are frustrated that this body doesn't work. and if we don't change the rules an start to get serious and we get muddling along the path of disaster, we're going to fail our country. now, we may not get it done while i'm here in the senate. i only have this year. but i'm going to keep coming to the floorks mr. president. and i'm going to keep -- floor, mr.
's birthday. he had a dream about america and our people. his "i have a dream" speech is one of the most famous and most quoted in the english language. our little chat tonight will never be viewed in that league. but i would suggest to you that we should all have a dream about mississippi's future. i believe a time is fast approaching when mothers and grandmothers in our state will see their children and grandchildren staying in mississippi to make their careers and their futures because mississippi will be the best place, the place that offers the best opportunities to be productive, have a successful career, and a great quality of life for their families. that day is not far off. 2010 is the year when we will lead america out of this recession. the year when we will pick up where we left off before the recession that sidetracked our growing economy and rising incomes. we can and will out perform the national economy. we were doing it before this global recession. and we'll be doing it again. so my advice to you as we close: is mississippi, believe in it. thank you y'all very much. [ap
and today, america's annual healthcare spending has gone from $75 million to over $2.5 billion. that's produced significant benefits for patients but it's also created a much bigger target for criminals. and a much bigger challenge for investigators. the difference has somebody said between catching fraud then and now is trying to find a penny in a bathtub and now we're dealing with finding pennies in a swimming pool. it's not that we didn't take steps to improve our ability to detect and prosecute fraud during those last forty years. we did. but the problem was that the fraud has grown faster than our solutions. we fell behind. and americans, frankly, have paid the price. today medicare, medicaid and private insurance companies all pay out billions of dollars in fraudulent claims. and charge americans higher premiums to pay for it. when a criminal sends a false claim to an insurer, he's stealing from all of us. and there are other victims too like patients who gets fake or unnecessary treatments from crooked healthcare providers who bill insurers for the full amount. so the perspect
was in our interest to provide. the result of this is simple. pakistanis have come to the conclusion america is not a reliable ally, because america has not been a reliable ally. what america needs to do with pakistan is a policy of constancy, of cajoling, of pressuring, supporting, helping, of correcting, of screaming at, engagement. at all times and at all levels. bearing in mind that we should always keep the civilian government at the top of the agenda of who we deal with. the stakes in afghanistan and pakistan today are enormous. they're for must not just in south asia, but they're for must for americans. this is the place from which the attack of september 11 was planned and coordinated. recent event have underscored the risk we continue to run. they may have been orchestrated in yemen this time, but the head of the snake, as far as we know, remains in pakistan and afghanistan. but the stakes are also enormous for this president. wars consume presidencies. this is now america's longest war. and it is bound to consume this presidency as well. the president's advisers, many of them, part
who served in vietnam. the new america foundation, washington monthly mag zine hosted this event. it an hour and a half, beginning now. >> senior editor, senior fellow here at the new america foundation. so on behalf of the "washington monthly" and new america, thanks for coming. we're here today to discuss a special report just released in the current issue of the "washington monthly" called "the agent orange boomerang," which you can read at washingtonmonthly.com. before i start i just want to thank new america, stay the staff of the "washington monthly," and also charles daly of the ford foundation for his support. from 1962 to 1971, the u.s. military sprayed close to 20 million gallons of the herbicide agent orange across vietnam to defoliate dense jungle in order to better protect movement of personnel and equipment. from north to south and to destroy any crops. that sprang we now know left behind residue of dioxin of persistent and highly toxic chemical. over the next two decades, american soldiers who served in vietnam were forced to fight another long war. this one to for
states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington d.c., january 28, 2010. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable michael bennet , a senator from the state of colorado, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: robert c. byrd, presidet pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: following leader remarks there will be a period of morning business for an hour. the time will be controlled by the two leaders or their designees. senator sanders is going to control 15 minutes of the majority time. we have a half-hour, so he will have 15 minutes of that. following morning business, the senate will resume h.j. res. 45, the debt limit legislation and will proceed to votes: brownback amendment, sessions-mccaskill amendment, reid amendment, baucus amendment -- actually baucus
think is the primary cause of gun violence in america? here are your choices. the availability of guns, that way parents raise their children today, or the influence of popular culture such as movies, television and internet. absent from your list of choice is the person who pulls the trigger. with a gun. and this one of course is totally generic did not refer to any one individual or specifically. newsweek september 2008, do you have reservations about electing a woman vice president who, a., has a new child with special needs, b., a teenage daughter who is pregnant? but the results are really what's astonishing. its astonishing anybody spend money especially they're losing money on those questions, but 80% said they had no reservation of electing an unnamed woman vice president who has a child with special needs. 91% said no reservations for a woman who has a teenage daughter who's also brigadier but i think you get the joke that even if fathers don't. let's talk about 2000. hot issues, hot buttons, hot candidates, what we see happening. although bit of perspective. 2008 politically
. governor, senator wyden and i have a proposal called build america bonds, which i think is sort of geared at what you're talking about. it's a way of bonding for capital improvements. i agree entirely that the way that we budget around here defies any sort of common sense or rational basis for making these types of decisions. it's clearly not the way that these decisions will be made in the private sector if you run a private business and so i appreciate your observations about that. and i would say to mr. skancke that if brett favre is playing for the vikings next year, there will be a lot more people who will want to get from sioux falls to minneapolis and preferably quickly and without having to drive through a blizzard. if i might direct a question -- this will be for mr. szabo and ms. fleming, the thing i take away is reliable projections and costs. proponents are going to overestimate ridership and underestimate cost and if the federal government makes investment decisions based upon faulty forecasts, we're going to fund projects that won't be successful. so i guess the question --
, but we can rest in the knowledge that america has seen these times before. just over a year ago as my fellow governors and i gathered with our newly-elected president in philadelphia, i sat in the chambers of our nation's first capitol at congress, congress hall. and my mind couldn't help but wandering back to those earliest days of our nation and to the founding fathers. there in those hallowed surroundings i couldn't help but reflect on their courage and their optimism in the face of ultimate uncertainty. their hope was against all odds, but it was the, their spirit that the time demanded of them. think back to the early months of revolutionary war, if you will, with me. we know that families from savannah to boston had begin their father -- given their fathers and sons to the american cause can. and it is, as it is with war, as it is today many of them would never return to their homes. general george washington and his army faced seemingly insurmountable odds. it was cold, his men were ill equipped and outmatched. it was then on december the 23rd, 1776, only two days before that p
about creating jobs here in america. we found this blurb in "usa today" about jobs. it says that for every job there are more than six workers waiting for that job. those are the latest figures for november. what do the numbers like that mean in the broader economy? >> guest: well, i think it shows how tough this environment really is for a lot of people out there. the usual numbers around two openings, two unemployed people for every opening. of course a lot of people are qualified for those openings at all, but usually a lot more turnover in the labour market. now we have more than 15 million people unemployed. millions more have been forced to work part-time. they would like to work full time. millions more have just become so discouraged about finding a job that they have just dropped out of the labour force and are not even try anymore. so it is really tough right now to get a job. layoffs are falling, but hiring has not picked up yet. that is really the key element that we need to see. >> host: what are the best projections you're hearing about? >> guest: the best. wel
chase, morgan stanley and bank of america. an all day hearing, live coverage here on c-span2. >> my fellow commissioners, i'm grateful to all of our witnesses for giving us their testimony and sharing their wisdom. we've been given a critical mission. one that goes far beyond any party or even policy agenda. to conduct a full and fair inquiry in to what brought america's financial system to its knees. we're after the truth, the hard facts, because it's our job to provide an unbiased accounting of the actions that led to devastating economic consequences for so many american families. we'll follow the evidence, wherever it leads, we'll use our subpoena power as needed, and if we find wrongdoing, we will refer it to the proper authorities. that's what the american people want. that's what they deserve of. and that's what this commission is going to give them. some already speak of the financial crisis, in the past tense, as some kind of historical event. the truth is, it is still here. and still very real. 26 million americans are unemployed, or can't find full-time work, or have give
and america economy in some eastern european economies but on the whole the picture that has been a good deal better than what we expected one year ago. now, why is that the case? uri dadush diluted to the reasons. if you go back a year we all have certainly underestimated the depth of the contraction of the global economy. that then materialize in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first quarter 2009. we were puzzled by the deep ball and attributed it to basically the fear of a global depression so confidence factors and it's hard to gauge these confidence factor is correctly. what i'm seeing right now, we've had a strong policy response to this fear of depression and the turmoil in the markets. exceptional monetary measures with interest rates cut close to zero in many advanced economies with unconventional support made available. and we've seen fiscal stimulus deployed in emerging economies and then also seen recapitalization of banks and guarantees for banks in order to get the financial sector running. i can what is all this done? it's changed the fundamentals but has also changed poppin
visible challenges that exist in our southern neighbor, mexico, and in latin america and i was raised someone that was trained to look east and west, even raised in southern california, i didn't look south very much and yet in the global world that we're living in right now, we have to focus more and more there as well. so there are challenges associated with latin america. certainly the emergence of china and what does that mean and the economic and i pay a lot of attention to the economic end, whether it's china, india, europe or us or brazil, and what does that mean in the future, because i think in the long run, it's going to be those engines that really drive out, and so it's important that we pay a lot of attention to what's going on in other parts of the world. we stood up last, i guess about a year and a half ago now, for the sole purpose of being able to focus our engagement strategy from the military perspective on africa, which is a wonderful continent of great resources, wonderful people, and huge challenges, whether it's famine or disease, and i think the world needs to b
of any discussion about britain and america. as far as what i recall, the dossier and timelines was because one of the drafts i in one of the drafts i genuinely did not understand that saddam hussein could get a nuclear weapon in place than was essentially was removed. mr. dingellman, the council's q.c. took me through the issue in some detail and pointed out the institute of studies said you could get a weapon in nine months. if we were in the business i think we would have been pressing for that. so i'm afraid on this whole business of us trying to align with the americans -- if that was going on in the intelligence level i have no idea. but in terms of my role in relation to the dossier, i have nothing to do with it. >> the prime minister shares your worries about -- the this paragraph that was in the september of 16th draft and you would like a timeline as, quote, radiological device, nuclear bomb in one to two years which is different than what was in the 16th and that does start on align with the americans. but it makes it much more specific. >> well, maybe it does. the po
britain and america. as far as what i recall, the dossier and timelines was because one of the drafts i genuinely did not understand what they were saying. because they appeared to be suggesting that saddam hussein could get a weapon more quickly with sanctions in place than with sanctions removed. what they were not making clear was the question of legality. when the issue was raised, the council qc took me through the issue in some detail and pointed out that the institute of strategic studied had said they thought iraq would get a nuclear weapon in nine months. now if we were in the business, i thought we'd been pressing for that. i'm afraid with the business about us trying to line with the americans, if that was going on in the intelligence level, i have no idea. but in terms of my role in the relations to the dossier, i have nothing to do with that. >> they share the worries about the paragraph, the one that was 16th of september draft. they were both like a timeline. nuclear bomb in one to two years. which is different what it's been over the 16th. that does start to align with t
force at the new america foundation and he comes to us with a long experience of negotiating peace agreements. in u.s. the senior adviser to prime minister barack when -- and the minister of justice. he was part of the israeli delegation to the taliban negotiations, some of the results of which mr. wolfensohn just mentioned. it to his right amjad atallah is co-director of the middle east task force and in america foundation and a specialist in negotiations in conflict in post-conflict situations. he has advised the palestinian negotiating team so we have the person who advised the israelis and the person who invests the palestinians and as jim was saying earlier there are talking to each other and their friends so there is a hope. then into my immediate right we have a andrew whitley who is from the united nations relief and works agency. he has a long history of involvement with the palestine an answer is also in an earlier life as a journalist with financial times and other prestigious newspapers. and he actually wrote 20 years ago in a book about the future of the economic futur
, very proud of my party's contributions to the vitality and strength of america. i would never have had the opportunity to serve in the congress had i not had the support and packing of my political -- backing of my political party in connecticut over these years. i appreciate the passionate party activists who have never, ever faultered in their -- faltered in their support of my efforts. i want to say thank you to my family for their tolerance of yet another generation of our family in the the political arena, and i'm especially indebted to jackie for her fairness and unlimited capacity of empathy for the needs of others. she has truly been my anchor to windward this these stormy political waters. now, there's nothing more pa thetic in my view than a politician who announces they're only leaving public life to spend more time with their family. i hope this will create the opportunity, but it's not the reason for my decision. i'm a very late arrival in fatherhood, as many of you know, and i'm told repeatedly by some of you here today that these young children of mine, grace who's 8 and
the effort to make us safe. they think it is a joke and, good luck, america. >> guest: well, you know, eric holder worked for a law firm that, like many big law firms, volunteered some time to represent some of the detainees, the war on terrorism detainees. there were a lot of legal issues raised after 9/11. so his law firm was like many other big ones that did do some of that work. >> host: in baltimore sun this morning, obama set for security review. they right they're going to be talking about the addition of more names to the government terrorist watch list and no-ply lists came after u.s. official as larger database of suspects terrorists. intelligence officials said mon, people on the watch list get additional checking before they are allowed to ender this country. those on no-fly list are barred on entering aircraft in or headed for the united states. how are they going to make that determination that more people are going to be going from the terrorist watch list to not fly list? is there a specific set of criteria? >> guest: there is a specific set of criteria. the question obvious
by the clinton administration? did they spend only what america could afford? were they responsible with our pocketbook? after all the decade is over, madam president, i ask them: where is the $5.6 trillion surplus? it's nowhere to be found, madam president. republicans squandered our surplus by spending wildly on massive tax breaks for the wealthy and the special interests. they tried to place the blame on president obama, but the reality is that this president inherited a massive deficit of $1.3 trillion on the day that he took office last year. and now as we try to clean up the mess that we've inherited, our republican friends are trying to pass the buck. they seem to be more interested in scoring political points than making sound policy. who's going to be hurt if we don't extend this debt? we're all going to be hurt. it's not going to be democrats that are hurt. it's going to be republicans and every american is going to be hurt. mr. president, we need to raise the debt limit so that america can avoid the economic catastrophe that would be created if the united states defaulted on our d
programs like america's leaders of change and the public service leadership diversity call to action campaign. you know, without doubt national urban fellows is and will continue to be a key player in building the leadership pipeline of people of color and the leadership pipeline of public service. national urban fellows and nhli have a lot in common. we are a younger, we've only been around 23 years, and we focus solely on latinas, hispanic women. but we share common values and a vision of leadership for a changing america. we both have the goal, i believe, of developing ethical leaders, leaders who are visionary thinkers and skilled problem solvers and results-driven agents of change. and it's not surprising that several of our own fellows are also national urban fellows like lorraine cortez who you heard from yesterday and one of your board members back there. [applause] sylvia salazar and so many others, i could go on. and at the heart of the mission of both organizations is developing the leadership, soy and power -- voice and power of communities of color. and why is this so im
dakota's quality-of-life as the best in america. we all know that we have an excellent quality-of-life, but to brand it means we want the rest of america to know about it so people will come here to both visit and help us create more job opportunities. our efforts are paying off. the small business and entrepreneurship council studies 34 indicators to determine how business friendly the states are. the great south dakota as number one. the tax foundation analyze the impact of tax laws on economic performance in every state. the rate south dakota number one. forbes magazine analyzes business costs, living costs, and other factors to determine the best small place to do business in the country. the great sioux falls, south dakota, number one. education week magazine studies how technology is used in the schools in the united states for both use of technology and access to technology. the rate south dakota number-one the most recent business facilities ranking report measures 20 factors of quality-of-life including a low crime rates, material well-being, job security availability
in latin america to insure that prosperity is spread more broadly including to women. it is why we are working with religious leaders in afghanistan and pakistan to increase access to information about family planning and preventive health care. we are doing all of these things because we have seen that when women and girls have the tools to stay healthy and the opportunity to contribute to their family's well being, they flourish, and so do the people around them. consider this one story from uganda where u.s.aid works with the international planned parenthood foundation to provide health services and education to low-income women. among their clients are a group of teenage girls who call themselves the moonlight stars. their parents are dead leaving them the sole providers for their younger brothers and sisters without any other options, they were working as prostitutes. through this u.s.aid-funded program, they gained access to condoms and education to protect themselveses from disease and pregnancy. they also began taking classes in sewing and knitting and other kinds of skills
of public tours at the white house, america's most famous home. and explore the history, art, and architecture of the capital. american icons, a three disc set. it's $24.95 plus shipping and handling. one of the many items available at c-span.org/store. >> kentucky governor steve beshear delivers his address. he took office a year ago and speaks about budget problems as well as an initiative to reduce smoking in this tobacco producing commonwealth. from the capitol in frankfort, kentucky, this is about 35 minutes. >> mr. president, mr. speaker, distinguished members of the kentucky general assembly, lieutenant governor bedard, let me pass here to offer the congratulations of this whole chamber as well as jane and myself to the majority on the birth of their new daughter, kathryn allison. [applause] are other constitutional officers, honorable members of the court of justice. honored guests including kentucky's first lady and my fellow kentuckians. i stand here as your governor to report once again on the state of our commonwealth and they do so feeling both pride and resolve.
of the day. the institute of medicine recognized this in its 2008 report, retooling for aging america, when it recommended that the definition of the work force be expanded to include family and friends. it also noted that it was not clear how to integrate family into health care practices. one of the purposes of our paper and of the united hospital fund's next step in care campaign which i direct is to demonstrate that it can be done and to give examples of how it is being done, so it's not -- there are models out there. ok. let's try this. whoops. i'm going back. sorry. do you want to get me back to where i was. ok. sorry. the next one. >> fragmentation occurs within systems and between systems. individuals, patients and clients and their family caregivers move frequently between them. there are rapid, frequent, transfers from acute to subacute, to community settings and all back again. it's a big circle, and we've heard that from the councilman from d.c. this morning. home and community based services are sometimes described as patch work, a different program with different eligibility r
, there are more companies in america who are, businesses willing to hire because i'm selling more. i need to produce more. if we continue to see the blue bars showing economic growth,o start to break that line where we're losing jobs and actually start creating jobs, correct? >> yes that's right. we think that might happen soon. >> how soon? if you had, based an estimate. sorry for. >> i think within a few months one might see some positive numbers. as you note in november, has actually been revised to be a very small positive change in employment. i think it is possible within a few months. >> so there are some brakes in breaks in the cloud, reason to be hopeful. obviously if you're an american who lost their job you will not be hopeful until you have something in front of you. but given, numbers, acronyms up here, economists use, gdp, interest rates, really we can start talking pretty postively about jobs, j, o, about, jobs in the future if we continue in the right direction and get us out of that ditch, break that train that was going fast downward, and start to see the economy, which
beyond the velvet ropes of public tours of the white house, america's most famous home. and explore the history, art and architecture of the capitol. american icons, a three-disk dvd set. it's $24.95 plus shipping and handling. one of the many items available at c-span.org/store. prime minister gordon brown has been absent for the holiday break. he returns wednesday at 7:00 am eastern. we'll have that for you live right here on c-span2. 2009 marked the 20th year of televising the house of commons. up next, a look at the past two decades. this is about an hour, 15 minutes. >> on november 21st, 1989, the british house of commons opened its doors to television cameras and broadcast its proceedings. up next, we'll look at some of the debate from the day and hear how televising the house of commons made an impact on the public's view of the british parliament for 20 years. >> order. the question is, that all members who are returned for two or more places in any part of the united kingdom to make their election for which of the places they will serve within one week after it shall appear
is the case and thank god that they would say america stopped them from shooting themselves in what. unwilling based on an hour -- a number of things they would argue. supporting anyone who renounces or issues religious rulings against al-qaeda does some damage. i think the most prominent guy who has read them from the mainstream community would be zaraqwi, but i haven't seen many had on the tax of a zaraqwi. i know he is popular. introducing new voices. insurgency is fundamentally predicated on eliminating distinctions between you and the host population you're trying to blend into and so al-qaeda understands the more distinctions and shades of gray introduced within is of the worse for al qaeda. salafism, they want to eliminate these and blend in and allow them to look like pious muslims. anytime when we issue this the ksm hotel where salmon and make him look terrible but the hair, this is useful for us and bad for al-qaeda in any time you can symbolically degraded leaders, one there was a pretty horrible photographs promoted and then promoting these distinctions. in my book i talk about thi
of voice of america and the radio free asia. of course they are here today. they are now broadcasting five hours a day to north korea. clearly we could do better. we should be having 24-hour coverage to north korea. so very little progress is made at the government's level in terms of advancing. president bush did meet with family members of abilities, did meet with defectors. i have met with several defectors, and he did, when he appointed his special envoy, give the enjoy face time so that the world saw the enjoy had the fear of the president. it wasn't until the very end. the north korean human rights act, and now we are up to about 100 north korean defectors residing here in the united states which, of course, is almost nothing compared to the 17 or 18,000 that are residing in south korea. at the ngo level there are really three organizations that have been active that you're probably aware of. the most grass-roots oriented organization, liberty north korea was very active, but they moved to california and have taken a bit of a lower profile. it also you have the north korea freedom co
their jurisdiction. because of course they cover all of north america. and if there's something in their files, and studies have been done, that might give us a sense of the dimensions of this. we very much appreciate it. i would like to give you each the opportunity to tell me, if there's anything you know of, or anything that you think any place you think we should go to find this information. please tell us now. we will be asking you, as the chairman and others have suggested, we will be asking you in writing for this material. so you'll have a chance to go back to your offices and think about it, but if there's anything you could think about it would would be very helpful. >> let me direct the commissioners, as well as your staff, there is a gao report that came out on july 28, 2009, regarding the characteristics and performance of nonprime mortgages. and there's a lot of information that i think would be very useful to the commission enclosed in there. it may not cover, however, you pay option arms, which are categorized as prime mortgages which are the ones that are now default in in r
on the weaker countries in latin america. maybe i'm wrong. maybe this kind of a loser he foreign policy can persist indefinitely. perhaps obama will prove himself in pervious to empirical evidence, and to experience. in which case all these accommodations, the weakening of alliances, the strengthening of centers of adversarial power in moscow, beijing, caracas, tehran and elsewhere, will continue a pace until some cataclysm links us up. such other wages of living in a virtual world, i pray, we believe it's a. thank you very much. [applause] for the excellent speech, you manage to cover every issue i was hoping you would touch. just what i thought perhaps we were running out of time you hit the right points. so thank you very much for that. we have some time for discussion, for some questions, for charles. we have a microphone over here. so if you would like to ask a question, please raise your hand, asked for the microphone. it would be helpful if you could also identify yourself. >> chris from the young conservatives coalition. also professor at american university teaching a class in the
in michigan said this is a huge that to our liberties as america's that justice young said a great a 21st century star chamber. finally, as one was kind of alluding to, it is going to be always for political matter very difficult for judges to change the status quo. and other states, i do believe what's most telling is how quiet things are. i think that's mostly because most states have not yet really significantly responded to caperton. others have done so rather sort of quickly and quietly. and that's carte noted, it was a really high on the agenda. the west virginia reform committee came together and that was the state where the caperton case came from. i do think it is quiet out there and i would just add in closing if courts don't want to take on certain proposals, then entry legislators can do so. no judge like this. state legislators do regular set of the rules involving courts. and i'll just close by noting that congress here in washington, d.c., began writing recusal rules for the federal courts back in 7092. thank you. >> thank you, bert. and five, we turn to stanford law schoo
, even though we benefit in the united states primates and even though we benefit in all of south america. no, you shouldn't do that. for 16 years, haiti was under embargo and i say if you want to know how haiti got so poor, go look at what is beginning. i'm not going to absolve the leadership of haiti also. that has been predatory. i have been fighting against them since i can remember. but, a new day is coming to haiti and it began back in 2006, with the election of a president who won with about 51% of the vote and he turned around to the 49% that were not with him, the way his opponents and from the 49% he got some good ministers for his cabinet and formed a unity government. if not for that, the food riots of 2008 would've seen the government toppled. were it not for that, the problems with the four hurricanes in three months would've also toppled the government. haiti has reached political stability. i was not part of president preval leiby work. and i saw this spirit of unity that gave us independents because that's how we want independence when the bans were fighting french right
about my own research. i looked at 29 of mental negotiations, mostly from north america and was interested in the dynamics of the negotiations, what gets them started, what carries them forward to conclusion. either that of a model that i adapted from work by gantt chart when and also the late jim lowey who was out of george mason before his death. and essentially was looking at turning points, the changes that occur in the dynamics of a negotiation. in the precipitant of those turning points in particular the roles that might precipitate change in the kind of ysidro sensitive activity that was going on. turning points lead toward agreement or away from agreement and then turn a procedural and substantive consequences. so i was interested in this to see what personal i can apply to the framework but also what it might reveal about in particular the different roles that might be played here it for years when i. it turns out that you get a negotiation started coming to get a ecr process started to collect about it a little bit interprocedural and external roles that make a
cannot be contained and therefore we america and the international community must accept its rise to power. in return we see china as resurgence that his stature will not come at the expense or security of other nations. for example, strategic assurance may be demonstrated to impart by china's cooperation with united states and other nations on matters of a shared interest, in particular within the last year we were together in our handling of the global financial crisis. countering piracy of the east coast of africa and isolating north korea for its persistent and aggressive nuclear and missile tests. while these are positive steps in our relationship we cannot ignore the reality that china still falls short in a column of reassurance. actions speak louder than words. here are but a few examples -- first, on monday china demonstrated its resolve to expand strategic capabilities with a missile defense test. as of yesterday we heard of the pentagon that this was conducted without a danced on vacation to the u.s.. what are china's intentions for employing the missile intercept syste
signing this letter were the afl-cio, campaign for america's future, common cause, moveon.org, political action, the national organization for women, people for the american way, and the seiu, and many others. this broad consortium of organizations wrote, quote diagnoses -- we write with the strong opposition to conrad and gregg and others to create the commission to override the normal legislative process and replace it with expedited procedures prohibiting amendments and limiting debate. if the conrad-gregg proposal were to become law, it could dramatically change by self-critical measures benefits and services so vital to american families." end quote. the consortium of groups continued about the need for responsibility, and they wrote -- "americans, seniors, women, working families, people with disabilities, youth, young adults, children, people of color, veterans, communities of faith and others expect their elected representatives to be responsible and accountable for shaping such significant, far-reaching legislation." end quote. the consortium of groups continued about the proble
reduction to make america more energy independent, she knows that if you paid money to try to persuade her, what does she think is going to happen if she votes against you? do you think she's going to know that you very possibly could run ads against her afterwards? yes, is the answer that you're looking for. i think we need those jumper cables. all right. so it's a very important too many running the persuasion ads, but to make it really effective, you have to name the name of the representative or senator, who is your target and once they know you're running a persuasion ad, they will be fairly sure that you're going to run a negative ad against them if they vote wrong. and so that's a very important thing. so we can use persuasion ads for informing, persuading, thanking, holding accountable, we call those either thank you ads or since this is on c-span, i'll say spank you ads, holding them accountable and there's one other thing you can do with issue advertising. which is you can run ads that are designed to create a larger impression about the senator or representative's record that is
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